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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
IN THE KNOW
Axon’s ‘VR Simulator’ will help officer training through virtual reality

Scottsdale-based Axon public safety technologies company has launched its first wireless virtual reality simulator training providing content to help officers develop critical thinking, de-escalation and tactical skills.

Scottsdale Development Partners spearhead $1.5M renovation project

BBB sets Industrious Women’s Collective virtual event May 18

Bio-mechanical evaluations aid Valley golfer to perform at high level

NEWS
Art

Scottsdale’s Larsen Gallery selected as auction house to sell rock star’s Warhol

Larsen Gallery has announced rock legend Alice Cooper will sell his prized Andy Warhol at the 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction on Oct. 23, in Scottsdale. With an estimated value of $2.5 million to …
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Paradise Valley Town Council dims light on Chaparral lights debate

The glowing topic about the new stadium lights installed on the Chaparral High School varsity baseball and softball fields has shone dimly at a recent Paradise Valley Town Council meeting.
Government

Scottsdale removes mask requirement in light of latest CDC recommendation

Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega has withdrawn his emergency proclamation requiring face masks in city buildings and facilities, city officials say. A May 13 press release from the city’s …
Subscriber Exclusive

As Arizona economic gears grind anew, new lessons learned in a post-pandemic marketplace

New rules and trends are emerging for doing business, running a business and managing the people of a business in the Phoenix area as both proprietors and the employed begin to look beyond doing …
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SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Liebner: Takeaways, impressions following Phoenix Rising, SUSD meeting

To the Tonalea community: Having attended the most recent May 13 SUSD community meeting, and having reviewed the publicly available video replay of the event, I wish to share my impressions of …
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Frost: Morning in the McDowells

Early morning sun shafts spike through mountain peaks lighting up the haloed prickly pear and stately saguaro, while wisps of pink clouds on a blue backdrop angle away and south to where the sky is …

Tidwell: Announcing Scottsdale initiative ‘Super Fund Our Police’

I am writing to you to make you aware of a grass roots movement taking place called “Super Fund Our Police.” This movement is being initiated by six Scottsdale residents who are …

Kush: A simple solution to downtown Scottsdale’s parking debate

For several years, the so-called parking problem in downtown Scottsdale has been the Cause Celebre among many downtown business owners, especially by a certain galley owner. The cry has been that …

Kern: Scottsdale is right to sue the FAA

Kevin Maxwell’s opinion article is half right in his assessment of aircraft noise in Scottsdale, but totally misses the mark on the FAA’s Sky Harbor NextGen process and the havoc it has …

Patel: The ABCs of IBS

IBS, which refers to irritable bowel syndrome, is commonly and sometimes carelessly used to describe gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of abdominal pain and bloating. Many do not understand the …

Katz: How Arizona naturopathic doctors are improving coverage, care

May 16-22 is Naturopathic Medicine Week and therefore the perfect time to shine a light on the important role naturopathic medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Arizonans. …

Opinion: We must continue to push for sensible STR solutions, not bans

Last month, Arizona lawmakers had an opportunity to support legislation that would have made it easier for local cities to address nuisance short-term rental properties that have been the cause of …

Kush: Soaring lumber prices impacting Scottsdale buyers, renters

It is difficult to pick up a newspaper and not see an article on sky rocketing Scottsdale home prices. Additionally, Scottsdale has the highest average apartment rental rates in the metro area. …

Bloch: Response to Maxwell, Scottsdale Airport noise

Well said Kevin, but more than likely of no use. The City Council, as well as the past one does not give a damn about the noise coming out of the Scottsdale Airport, why should they, none of them …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
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Scottsdale Schools spends $1.6M to repave 11 parking lots

Eleven schools within the Scottsdale Unified network will receive parking lot repairs — a maintenance item necessary to keep drivers safe, officials say. On May 4, the Scottsdale Unified …

Phoenix Rising proposes to redevelop defunct Scottsdale campus

The Scottsdale Unified School District community is invited to a 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, meeting to hear about Phoenix Rising’s proposal to redevelop the 68th Street and Oak campus. The …
Members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board, pictured on left, with Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel second from right. On far right is Board and Superintendent Administrative Assistant Gladys Wagoner.

Scottsdale Schools hurries construction along as outside factors impact building

Tavan and Pueblo elementary schools are next in the chute to start the renovation process as Scottsdale Unified School District begins to wrap up the bevy of projects from the 2016 voter-approved …

Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council offers Drone Flight School at Payson camp

Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council is hosting its annual Camp Geronimo with one new addition --- a science, technology, engineering and mathematics technology-based Drone Flight School this …
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SUSD illuminates being ‘good neighbor’ after stadium lights concerns

The Scottsdale Unified School District has released a statement on efforts to work with neighbors who expressed concerns about an anonymous donation of $500,000 for new stadium lights installed on the Chaparral High School varsity baseball and softball fields.
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Neighbors

Paradise Valley students select ‘Chickens Got Talent’ winners

A growing concept in the Valley is hatched when deciding what comes first — the chicken or the egg or a chicken with talent — as 13 first grade Desert View Learning Center students recently served as judges for the 2021 Chicken’s Got Talent competition.
Neighbors

AJHS grad to volunteer at African girls rescue center founded by retired Scottsdale businessman

Makayla Henwood, a graduating senior at Apache Junction High School, will trade the arid Sonoran desert for the verdant African plains of Tanzania this summer when she volunteers to help care for …
Philanthropy

‘Art in Action’ virtual event raises $52,000

On April 6, Arizona Gives Day, Free Arts hosted a free “Art in Action” event online. The event showcased the intention and care behind the music and visual arts programs at Free Arts. …

Scottsdale church sees local impact, growth at its monthly food drives

First Christian Church Scottsdale has a big goal for 2021: provide 7,000 pounds of food to the food bank at Vista del Camino. Less than halfway through the year, FCCS is well on its way to …

Women writers’ group welcomes award-winning author Jan Cleere on May 26

The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, which gives members access to events, ideas and networking opportunity with other women writers and authors, is hosting award-winning author Jan Cleere for the 6 p.m., Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 26.
Business

Jennifer Adler, founder and CEO of Adler Public Relations, was recently named the winner of a silver Stevie Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations category in The 19th Annual American Business Awards.

Condé Nast Traveler announced that ADERO Scottsdale was among the winners on its 2021 Hot List on May 6. ADERO Scottsdale is an Autograph Collection hotel, managed by Aqua-Aston …
HonorHealth has announced that the Scottsdale Shea Medical Center is the first hospital in Arizona to perform a robotic-assisted bronchoscopy, with shape sensing technology used to help diagnose lung disease.
Paddy O’ Furniture, an Arizona-based outdoor furnishings company that has been in the Valley for more than 30 years, has announced the grand opening of its newest location on May 6 in …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Mavis Staples will perform 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents American roots musicians

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will showcase musicians in American roots music, often in an unplugged format and “revealing the soul of the artist” during its 2021–22 season.
Select galleries will have Arizona summer-themed entertainment and refreshments available for visitors.

Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts June Days Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association will host a specially themed Gold Palette ArtWalk in correlation with the City of Scottsdale’s June Days summer spectacular, which celebrates the season and …
Bela Fidel’s body of work is inspired by her experiences living in Brazil, Israel, and the U.S.

The Walter Art Gallery presents: ‘Revealing Resonance’

The Walter Art Gallery will host “Revealing Resonance,” a solo show of works by Bela Fidel from Scottsdale, which will run through June 18.
Subaru presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld, returning for an eighth year, 5-10 p.m., Sunday, July 4.

Scottsdale 4th of July celebration returns at WestWorld for eighth year

Subaru presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld, returning for an eighth year, 5-10 p.m., Sunday, July 4, with family entertainment including the largest fireworks show in Scottsdale’s history.
“Everything Belongs to the Sun" will be exhibited from May 20 to July 4 at Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale.

Royse Contemporary to showcase ‘Everything Belongs to the Sun’

Royse Contemporary will present “Everything Belongs to the Sun, ”showcasing the last painting collection of Daniel Shepherd, May 20-July 4 at the gallery in the Scottsdale Arts District at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6 in Scottsdale.
Throughout its 20-year history, the festival has shown more than 700 films to more than 100,000 attendees.

Scottsdale International Film Festival celebrates 20th season with streaming event

Scottsdale International Film Festival presents the "2nd Look Streaming Cinema" from Friday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 18. The festival is an annual event that connects audiences with …
Audiences will enjoy “Cinderella: A Classic Fairytale Opera,” 40-minute adaptation designed for Pre-K to sixth grades, with colorful characters and melodies to teach youths morals of kindness toward all, forgiving others and never letting a bad thing ruin your heart.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers family-friendly performances

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., announces upcoming events at various times for children and families to participate in the performing arts setting in an “interactive experiential way.”

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Sweat it out at Scottsdale Fashion Square rooftop yoga series

Valley yogis looking for a way to work up a sweat have a new way to blend fitness and fun with the Sunset Rooftop Yoga series at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Presented in partnership with Vikara …

Annual Arizona Taco Festival returns this October

The 11th Annual Taco Festival is making a comeback to Salt River Fields. The Two-day event is set to deliver another year of taco madness with more than 50 taco makers over two days -- …
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